Lorne McKean was born in Ireland in 1939. As a child of eleven she modeled her first sculpture. She studied art for four years at the Guildford School of Art under Prince Serge Yourievitch who was a contemporary and friend of Rodin. Afterwards she attended the Royal Academy for an additional four years where she was awarded the Silver Medal for Sculpture. Besides this honor McKean was awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship, the Edward Stott Scholarship, and the Feodora Gleichen Scholarship. These honors with their accompanying financial support allowed her to study in Florence Italy at the studio of Signorina Simi. At the young age of twenty-two she had two of her sculptures accepted by The Royal Academy and since that time she has exhibited on a regular basis. She was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Sculptors in 1965 and a member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors in 1969.